The 49ers came back to win five of their last six games in 1985 to wind up with a 10-6 record, a wild-card berth in the playoffs, and a season-ending win over the Cowboys at Candlestick on December 22. It was a 31-16 win, Dwight Clark catching two touchdown passes, and the offense coming back from a 13-0 deficit in the second quarter. Montana went 18 of 21 for 279 yards in the last 36 minutes of the game, Rice contributed a 15-yard end-around run for his first NFL rushing touchdown, and the defense got four turnovers.
Roger Craig passed the 1,000 yard mark for rushing and receiving for the first time in NFL history, and Freddie Solomon played his last game at Candlestick. Freddie said of the applause he got before the game: “My teammates told me about it, but I didn’t hear it. It’s the same when I catch a pass or score a touchdown. I don’t hear the crowd.” He served as quarterback for the game-ending kneel down.